Go Under the Sea With This Little Mermaid-Inspired Boozy Brunch
It’s not far-fetched to say that Disney’sThe Little Mermaid started the whole mermaid trend. From mermaid toast to mermaid swimsuits, we’re always looking for ways to channel our inner Ariel, the original mermaid. She’s curious and hungry for adventure, and her flowy locks are major hairspiration. Here at Brit + Co, our mermaid love is strong, which is why today we’re showing you how to host an Ariel-inspired boozy brunch. Trust us: You’ll want this spread to be part of your world.
When putting together this brunch, we thought carefully about playing with color and texture. This sequin ombre tablecloth instantly added mermaid vibes to the spread, and after scattering pebbles and starfish, we really felt like we were under the sea!
The ocean terrarium centerpiece looks magical but only takes minutes to make. Grab a glass vase or fishbowl and fill the bottom with sand. Arrange faux coral, sea shells, starfish, and pebbles in the sand to create a dreamy sea floor scene.
Ariel’s Life Is the Bubbles Cocktail
We’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty, but our world wouldn’t be complete without this delightful, bubbly cocktail. Just grab a cocktail shaker and the ingredients below to get started!
Makes 1 serving
- 1 1/2 ounces blue curacao
- 1/2 ounce Midori
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 4 ounces sparkling water
Start off by pouring the blue curacao, Midori, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Squeeze in a slice of orange. Now, shake, shake, shake! Pour the lovely blue-green concoction into a cocktail glass. Top the glass off with some bubbly water and lemon slices. And there ya have it!
Life is the bubbles, under the sea!
Aren’t you in love with these mermaid waffles? Make your favorite waffle recipe and break them into fourths. Melt down white candy melts and add a couple drops of blue and purple food coloring. Stir once or twice to get a marble-y pattern and dip your waffle piece halfway in them. Sprinkle some candy pearls on top. For a more detailed tutorial on mermaid-ifying food, check out this mermaid cookie post.
We just had to pay homage to Ariel’s signature red hair. Place a seashell on top of a folded red napkin for each place setting. Remember to use your dinglehopper to eat, not to brush your hair!
Omg, how cute are these little clam shell cookies?! Squeeze a little frosting on a cookie and place another cookie diagonally on top. Place a sugar pearl in the middle and ta-da! A little clam cookie.
Look at this brunch? Isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think our menu’s complete?
Darling, it’s better… Down where it’s wetter… Take it from meeee!
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Author: Irene Lee
DIY Production and Styling: Karen Pham and Irene Lee
Photography: Brittany Griffin
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)